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Maintaining Ponds

Maintaining ponds is the most important task you have once your pond is up and running. The amount of maintenance you need to do depend on many different factors like stock levels of fish and plants, size of pond, pond site, pond depth, the equipment you are using and so on.

Larger garden ponds keep a better natural balance so they need less inspection, cleaning and maintenance than smaller designs.

If you have overstocked on fish and plants this will cause problems or you need very good filtration systems in place and water quality checks need to be carried out more often.

If your pond is situated near trees or bushes falling leaves will sink to your pond bottom and decompose and give of noxious gases.

You must remove leaves from your pond If you have shallow areas or shelves in your pond it will cause the growth of algae.

If you have inefficient equipment to keep your pond water quality up to scratch you will have problems coming your way.

On the other hand you could take the opposite of the above you will have very little maintenance, cleaning pumps, inspecting water features, cutting back or separating plants and maybe the odd bit of repair here and there.

This section is here to try and help you stop any problems before they occur or overcome them when they do.

Water Quality

If you look after your water then the water will look after your fish and plants.

Pond Leaves

Keep falling leaves out of your pond will help reduce toxic gases.


Weather can bring many problems to your pond.

Structural Repairs

Most ponds can produce leaks especially if you use cheaper materials.

Other Maintenance

A few other areas that you need to keep your eye on.

Annual Maintenance/water change

Things that need to be done on a yearly basis.

Pond Vacuum

They come in all sizes to suit your pond size.


We all hate this green slim but you need to understand it before you can be rid of it.

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